If you still haven’t figured out what you’re going to be for Halloween this year, take a deep breath and stay calm. Fantasy rules on Halloween, and we’ve got you covered with costumes from the best fantasy characters from this year’s fantasy movies. All of these costumes can easily be pulled together in a few hours with a little Pinteresting, a little Googling, and a little hot glue.
Good luck, and may your spirit animal guide you to the perfect Halloween costume this year!
1. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games
If you’re a Hunger Games fan, go with the less obvious yet much more fanciful choice of Effie Trinket, the escort for Katniss’ District 12. Sure, her likability was a bit debatable toward the beginning of the series, but she really grew on us in Catching Fire. Basically, the crazier the better: a puffy colorful wig, funky colorful lipstick applied only to the middle of your kisser, and a bold, flashy outfit with big shoulder pads should do the trick.
2. Arya Stark from Game of Thrones
While being Daenerys Targaryen would be oh so fun, finding a white wig, a well-tailored dress that screams khaleesi, and some dragon stuffed animals to perch on your shoulders might be a bit of an undertaking. Go tomboy instead and dress up as Arya: brown ensemble, sword, attitude, and all.
To get the Angelina Jolie Evil Fairy Godmother look, all you need is a black dress, a black leather vest and a horned headpiece! The DIY way to make this happen is with paper mache or aluminum foil shaped like curvy horns and painted black. Check out these DIY instructions! Then apply some red lipstick and prepare to scare.
4. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, or Donatello
We’re not suggesting you dress up as the Italian Renaissance artists—although that would be fun, too—but rather the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who recently came back on the radar with a 2014 movie. This is a great one for kids, a whole family, or a group of gals. All you need is three others to join you in wearing green, mounting a shell upon your back, and wrapping a bandana with eye holes around your head. Grab a weapon, too, and you’re ready to roll.
5. Legolas from The Hobbit
This costume idea is great because it can work for girls or guys, preferably blondes! All you need is a half ponytail, some boots, a long jacket, and some arrows to sling in a carrier upon your back.
For more ideas and traditional fantasy inspiration, check out the Fantasy Page-A-Day® calendar.
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